A Tornado combat aircraft of the German air force's reconnaissance squadron 51 pictured at the air base in Jagel, Germany, Tuesday Dec. 1, 2015. (Carsten Rehder/dpa via AP)
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The German cabinet Tuesday approved a mandate for military assistance to back the international fight against ISIS in Syria following the Paris attacks.The engagement steps up German involvement in the campaign against ISIS for the first time to a more direct role.Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the German engagement began in September 2014 with the start of a program to train and arm peshmerga forces from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region fighting ISIS.The mandate will also cover the sending of up to 650 soldiers to Mali to provide some relief to France as it bears a large part of the burden in the global fight against ISIS.
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